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There was a brief moment in time when we all hoped that Oprah Winfrey’s Network would snatch up the now canceled WGN show Underground. But, alas, that hope was dashed when it was announced that OWN had passed on the escape thriller, leaving us all asking “Why, Oprah, whyyyyy?!”

Well, Lady O has answered that question quite clearly and bluntly — money and ratings. During a Q&A about her hit show Queen Sugar, journalist Soraya McDonald asked why the media mogul swiped left on Underground. She posted their interaction on Twitter:

While we mourn what could have been a magical merging of Underground and OWN, we will hold out that someone, somewhere can afford the stellar show and maybe even help bump up those ratings. It really is a show everyone should be watching!

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